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Invitation to the Waltz (1935) Paul Merzbach, Lilian Harvey, Wendy Toye, Carl Esmond, Musical

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Lilian Harvey, the toast of two continents, is her usual radiant self in Invitation to the Waltz. Harvey plays Jenny Peachey (honest!), a Drury Lane ballerina during the Napoleonic Wars. Swept off her slippers by the handsome Duke of Wurtemberg (Harold Warrender), Jenny gives up her dancing career to become the Duke’s mistress. As the war between England and France intensifies, our heroine uses her influence to persuade the Duke to sign a treaty with England, thereby helping to bring about the downfall of Napoleon (Esme Percy). Through it all, Jenny is worshipped from afar by handsome lieutenant Carl (Carl Esmond). Magnificently produced, Invitation to the Waltz was a lighthearted follow-up to Lillian Harvey’s more serious “ballerina sacrifices all” opus, Schwartze Rosen.
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Die Drei von der Tankstelle / Three Good Friends (1930) Wilhelm Thiele, Willy Fritsch, Lilian Harvey, Heinz Rühmann, Comedy, Musical, Romance

Die Drei von der Tankstelle AKA Three Good Friends (1930)
Returning home from a holiday, three friends – Willy, Kurt and Hans – learn they are bankrupt. Their fortune has evaporated and their possessions are being seized by the bailiffs. Undeterred, the three friends sell their car and open a petrol station, taking turns to man the petrol pump. Each has, as his first customer, Lilian, a beautiful young woman who easily wins his heart. Lilian, however, realises that she loves only one of them. How can she break the bad news to the other two without ruining their friendship?
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